Dog ownership is something that shouldn’t be taken lightly. You’re the one in charge of your pet’s health and happiness. If you know how to find a balance with your canine, make sure you learn by reading ahead.

Getting a dog is going to cost you some money. Food, vet care and supplies can add up quickly. Emergency vet visits can cost a ton, so think about purchasing health insurance for your dog.

TIP! If you’re taking your dog on a trip, be sure that you have a recent picture of them on-hand. This way, if you find out that your dog went missing along the way, you will have a recent picture that you can show to people when you go out to look for you pet.

Your home needs to be ‘dog-proofed’. Create a safe area to bring a new puppy into the home. Hide cleaning supplies and medicines and hide trashcans in a cabinet. Some houseplants are toxic and need to be kept out of your dog’s reach.

Be sure to keep all medications out of the reach of children and pets. Many medicines that benefit you can be harmful or fatal to your dog. If your pet does manage to ingest some medicine, contact the vet right away.

Keep a leash on your dog at all times. You never know when something might spook him or distract him, leading to devastation. As the owner, you will be held responsible for any damages your dog causes.

TIP! If you have medication is your home, even if it is just over-the-counter medication, place it where your dog cannot access it. Dogs can have very negative side effects from even small amounts of medications intended for humans.

If you’re trying to figure out what type of dog you might want to get, take a look at your lifestyle. For example, if you live an active lifestyle it is probably best for you to find an active dog instead of a little dog. Similarly, if you’re quiet and stay at home, small dogs might be better suited to you. By selecting the right dog breed, both you and your dog will be more content.

Ask your vet the amount of food your dog needs daily. Many people look at the guidelines on the dog food bag; the problem with this is that some of the recommendations may be inaccurate and could cause your dog to gain weight. Speak with your vet and work out an appropriate eating plan for your dog.

Don’t buy the cheapest food for your dog. Cheap brands are full of fillers, preservative and even chemicals. Try using animal advocacy groups or consumer awareness to get a list of great dog foods that have high professional recommendations. Higher quality dog food will offer your dog many health benefits.

TIP! Be careful of the ingredients in many flea treatments. Many contain ingredients that are dangerous to children.

Give your pooch rawhide bones instead of those from real meat. Real bones can chip and become lodged in harmful place such as the digestive tract. Rawhide is completely healthy and improves the teeth, and therefore is preferable to animal bones.

You may need to trim hair that grows near the dog’s paws to help keep it from matting. Before you trim it, use a brush to get it as straight as possible. You can always use a dog groomer if you find the process difficult.

Follow instructions from the vet if the dog needs special attention or has medication. Dogs do not like having a cone around their head, but it was given for a reason. Your veterinarian only has your dog’s best interests at heart, and if you don’t listen, you may inadvertently cause your dog harm.

TIP! Buy or build a home for the dog if they need to stay outside when it’s cold. If his feet get wet, being exposed to extreme weather can cause health issues and stress.

This information is good to use, so do it. You’ll get the greatest benefit from making the most changes. There is much joy in dog ownership when you take the care to do things right.